A host of pop and rock stars will take centre stage at the OAcademy Islington on 16 March for a very personal concert that they have initiated as a tribute to their pal, bassist and keyboard player, Matt Irving, who died from prostate cancer in April last year.

Squeeze’s Chris Difford, pop legend Nik Kershaw, Average White Band frontman Hamish Stuart, Lance Ellington, and Paul Young’s band Los Pacaminos will perform their best known hits; further acts will be announced over the coming weeks. The concert will be performed on what would have been Matt’s 66th birthday.

All proceeds from the concert will go to Prostate Cancer UK as the stars’ contribution to Men United, Prostate Cancer UK.

DATE:       Wednesday 16 March 2016
VENUE:    OAcademy Islington
TICKET:   Priced at £25, available from www.ticketweb.co.uk
TIMES:      Doors 7pm, Show Time 7.30pm

Over the years, Irving played with the likes of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Squeeze, Chris Rea, Paul Young and Los Pacaminos – and his passion for music remained strong right up until his death.

Chris Difford, who had a prostate cancer scare himself last year, said; “Matt was a great bloke and it’s an honour to get up on stage in his memory. Over 10,000 men die of prostate cancer every year in the UK and I’m excited to be doing something that may help save a life.”

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said; “Every hour one man like Matt loses his life to the disease here in the UK. And 42,000 men are diagnosed every single year.  What better or more generous way to celebrate Matt’s life than by his mates getting together for a Men United jam”